I lost three years of my life to substance abuse. After finally getting caught, I realized that the people around me wanted a better life for me. That caused me to want the same for myself. I was determined to turn my negative experience with substance abuse into something positive, so I began speaking for notMYkid. I’m over two and a half years into my recovery, and now use my story to inspire kids to make positive life choices. It’s important to me that kids understand the value of healthy activities and true friendship, and realize that the choices they make determine their happiness.